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Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska
An International Festival of Contemporary Performance

Friday, October 4, 2002, 8:00 PM

135 West 42nd Street, New York, NY
Admission: $12; Festival Pass: $25,  Tel: 212.560.2419

Two of Poland's top performance artists - Wladyslaw Kazmierczak & Ewa Rybska, the performance art duo - will appear in Currency 2002, an International Festival of Contemporary Performance that offers in three separate programs 18 cutting-edge performance artists from countries all over the globe - from Thailand to Belarus, from Chile to Finland, as well as fresh talent from the U.S - many performing in New York for the first time. The artists will perform in a "black box" theater at Chashama, the multi-storefront arts center at Times Square.

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak, a major Polish performance artist, is also a co-founder and director of Castle of Imagination, Poland's most renowned annual international festival of performance art, which since its launching in 1993 has presented close to 300 artists from 30 countries. It is organized by the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, where Kazmierczak is director and Ewa Rybska, also a prominent performance artist, is curator. Located in northern Poland, the Baltic Gallery has become one of the country's most influential art centers, both nationally and internationally. Kazmierczak is a widely published authority on and proponent of performance art in general, and a vocal defender of freedom of expression. He has written that "a performer is a philosopher, teacher, rebel, initiator, organizer, nomad, traveler, partner, and a bearer of moral values."

For the past five years Wladyslaw Kazmierczak has frequently performed in duo with Ewa Rybska, who as curator of the Baltic Gallery has mounted well over 200 exhibitions since 1994. Together they have given since 1997 over 50 performances in countries throughout the world. In 2001 Rybska started Hysterics - On Line Art Magazine.

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